William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

You Don'T Believe - Poem by William Blake

You don't believe -- I won't attempt to make ye:
You are asleep -- I won't attempt to wake ye.
Sleep on! sleep on! while in your pleasant dreams
Of Reason you may drink of Life's clear streams.
Reason and Newton, they are quite two things;
For so the swallow and the sparrow sings.

Reason says `Miracle': Newton says `Doubt.'
Aye! that's the way to make all Nature out.
`Doubt, doubt, and don't believe without experiment':
That is the very thing that Jesus meant,
When He said `Only believe! believe and try!
Try, try, and never mind the reason why!'


Comments about You Don'T Believe by William Blake

  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/9/2016 4:05:00 AM)


    You don't believe - I won't attempt to make ye:
    You are asleep - I won't attempt to wake ye.
    Sleep on! sleep on!

    - ITALIAN:

    Tu non credi - non proverò a farti credere:
    Tu sei addormentato - non proverò a svegliarti.
    Dormici su! dormi!
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  • (2/8/2016 10:51:00 PM)


    A tug of war between the faithful who blindly believed in everything connected with spirituality/ religiosity and the scientific temperaments who did not believe any thing without backing of material evidence.
    Amazingly presented thought provoking poem, penned by a master spirit.
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  • Susan Williams (2/8/2016 3:56:00 PM)


    I doubt Reason ever held a high place in his estimation of the worth of things. I doubt that he had much faith in anything beyond the self and satisfying its flitting and adventurous and often shocking needs. (Report) Reply

  • (9/19/2015 10:20:00 AM)


    Different definitions reason and doubt a good poem it is felt. (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2015 9:48:00 PM)


    I really like the words in this poem! Never mind the reason why (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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